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HINDSON Law PLLC

Criminal Defense Attorney | Serving Sarasota, FL

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941-313-7149

Never Fight Alone, We Fight for Your Right.
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HINDSON Law PLLC was founded with a philosophy that you should know your attorney before you need an attorney. The firm stresses the importance of establishing a relationship prior to needing legal counseling because when the need arises, time is critical in addressing the legal matter. To encourage this introduction, HINDSON Law PLLC offers a free consultation to form a …

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Musca Law

Criminal Defense Attorney | Sarasota, FL

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Se Habla Español

941-313-7769

Top-Rated LOCAL Criminal Defense. 150+ Yrs Combined Experience. A+ BBB, Super Lawyers™, Superb 10 AVVO, Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Make no mistake, being arrested in Florida for committing a state or federal crime is devastating. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is taken seriously by the authorities. Your future is instantly cast into doubt and for good reason. A guilty verdict can ruin your family's security, and your chance of getting a job, securing a loan, renting a home, …

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Whittel & Melton, LLC

Criminal Defense Attorney | Serving Sarasota, FL

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866-435-2594

If you have been charged with any Florida crime, Call Us Immediately!
AV Rated, Recognized by Super Lawyers publication and Florida Trend Magazine.
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Sarasota Criminal Defense Information

Are You Facing Criminal Charges?

If you are being investigated for or have been accused of a crime, now is the time to seek out the legal help you need. No matter the crime, a Sarasota criminal law attorney will be able to protect your legal rights.

Different Types of Criminal Charges

Criminal charges can range from minor infractions to misdemeanors and they can be as serious as felony or aggravated felony charges. No matter the charge, a person should be considered innocent until proven otherwise. Reading about criminal law and your rights can help you see the importance of a solid defense.

Each criminal charge carries with a potential punishment, which can include fines, probation and even jail time. The goal of a criminal defense lawyer will be to end up with the most favorable outcome possible for your particular situation.

What sort of issues can I seek legal help with?

Specialized legal help is available for most legal issues. Each case is unique; seeking legal help is a smart first step toward understanding your legal situation and seeking the best path toward resolution for your case. An experienced lawyer understands the local laws surrounding your case and what your best legal options might be. More importantly, there are certain situations and circumstances - such as being charged with a crime - where you should always seek experienced legal help.

Top Questions to Ask a Lawyer

  • What is the usual process to resolve my case? How long will it take to resolve this?
  • What are likely outcomes of a case like mine? What should I expect?

An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Affidavit - A sworn written statement made under oath. An affidavit is meant to be a supporting document to the court assisting in the verification of certain facts. An affidavit may or may not require notarization.

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